We reported back in September that powerhouse Mara Brock Akil with husband/development partner Salim Akil were creating a new show for BET, Being Mary Jane, starring Gabrielle Union.
The show is set to be BET’s first original drama which follows the personal and professional life of a successful working woman, Mary Jane (Union). In an interview from last year, Union discussed what audiences can expect from the show.
“Being Mary Jane” is basically about a television host, who has her own show, and how she balances her life. Between wanting to talk about hard hitting news and other stories, she shuffles through her own personal morals. It’s about her trying to stand up for what she believes in but also keeping her ratings. She also struggles with the idea of being raised with the same morals, values and opportunities, throughout her family and being the only one to make it. How does that change the family dynamic? Her family comes from the upper-middle class, but she is the only one out of her siblings that is doing well. Her lack of a love life and the poor choices that she has made are also explored.
BET just released a new clip of Being Mary Jane which premieres on July 2nd at 10:30pm. This is definitely one to check out.